Charities Regulator Launches Public Consultation On Charity Governance


The Charities Regulator is seeking the opinion of the general public and everyone who has an interest in Irish charities on how charities should be governed.

The Charities Regulator is inviting charities trustees, their staff, volunteers, service users, donors and funders, to provide their input on an important piece of work currently being undertaken.
The Charities Regulator has established a panel to make proposals for the governance of charities and to support trustees in their duties. These standards will deliver improved outcomes for our society through better focused charities where volunteers, staff, service recipients and all other stakeholders will have a common point of reference for governance standards.
As part of this process, the panel is seeking to consult the public and other stakeholders on issues such as governance responsibility, monitoring, governance code and guidelines.  
A series of public meetings and an online survey are being organised to give people the opportunity to make their opinions known.
Among the questions raised will be: Is there a need for a governance code specific to all registered Irish charities operating in the State?; Should these governance standards apply differently for small, medium and large charities?; Should there be reasonable checks on a person’s suitability to be a charity trustee?; Should there be a maximum term allowable for charity trustees?
The following are the details of the public meetings:
Cork: Wednesday, 1 November, The Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, St Luke’s, Cork, 7-9pm. Register here >>
Galway: Monday, 6 November, The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway, 7-9pm. Register here >>
Dublin: Tuesday, 21 November, The O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, 7-9pm. Register here >>
Each of the meetings will consist of a short presentation by the Charities Regulator’s Chief Executive John Farrelly followed by consultation with audience members.
The online questionnaire will be hosted on the Charities Regulator’s website from 1 November to 6 December.
In addition, if members of the public wish to make a written submission they can email it to or post it to: Consultative Panel on Governance of Charitable Organisations, 3 Georges Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1.